Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wonderful Wise Women Wednesday

As you may or may not know, I have begun an Aging Abundantly tradition of honoring a woman each week whose life and work represent what I see as the beauty of age. When I began reading and writing about the changes taking place in my own life as I faced the aging process, I naturally encountered other women who were struggling with the same issues. Some were way ahead of me in the process. Through each encounter I began to see a pattern emerge. This pattern was my first glimpse into what I am seeing as women who are the role models of what it means to be a woman of wisdom in today's world.

In the past, an elderly woman who was considered wise was usually one who remained seated in a rocking chair knitting as she passed on her wisdom to her children and grandchildren who sat at her feet. Today's grandmother, and woman of wisdom, passes her sage advice on in a very different way. She more often than not is living her wisdom and she is most definitely not sitting in a rocking chair knitting.

Many of us are struggling with aging now because we do not identify with how our mothers and grandmothers lived out their later years. We don't want to be like them and our world is very different than theirs. We are searching for new role models, new concepts, and new visions of what we would like our lives to look like now and ten years from now.

As a result, I will continue to showcase women who I believe are "aging abundantly" and who might inspire you to reach for your dreams as they have inspired to reach for mine.

If you would like to recommend someone you know to receive this recognition, feel free to send me an email and some information and I will be happy to consider your suggestion.

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